• Lab Team

Our people

Amanda Bruce, Ph.D.

Amanda is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Kansas, then received her PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. She completed a clinical internship at the Boston VA Consortium. She then came full circle (back to the Midwest) and did her postdoctoral work at University of Kansas Medical Center (Hoglund Brain Imaging Center).

Bill Black

Bill is a second year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. He received a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University and his MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. He is generally interested in behavioral pediatrics and has had experience in pediatric obesity. Currently, he is investigating active neural networks when at rest, and brain systems involved in the evaluation and delay of rewards in children. Bill is a BBQ fiend, still listens to the same bands as he did in high school, and is distressed that they now have “greatest hits” albums.

Brad Cherry

As the B.R.A.I.N. Lab’s research coordinator, Brad is primarily responsible for the development and implementation of the lab’s various neuroimaging studies, which focus broadly on questions in affective and decision neuroscience. After earning his B.A. in philosophy (honors, summa cum laude) from the University of the South in 2005, he went on to earn his J.D. from Washington & Lee University’s School of Law in 2010. While clerking for the Supreme Court of his native Kentucky, and through his brief practice of family law in Virginia, he developed an interest in legal applications of clinical psychology, leading to his eventual pursuit of post-B.A. studies in psychology at the University of Kansas. After completing these studies in the summer of 2011, he began his work with the B.R.A.I.N. Lab, where he continues to build his research experience in anticipation of pursuing future graduate studies in clinical psychology. He has previous research experience with Dr. Sarah Pressman’s clinical health psychology lab at the University of Kansas, as well as with Dr. Linda Mayes’ developmental electrophysiology lab at Yale University.

Danthea Fernández

Danthea is a master’s student in the Master of Arts Psychology program. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and received a double degree in Psychology and Graphic Design in 2011. She is interested how the theories and concepts of psychology can be applied in the development of preventative overweight and obesity interventions through means of physical activity and nutrition education in pediatric primary care settings. Currently, she works as a weight management counselor and nutrition educator. Danthea enjoys reading, entertaining her love of food, watching movies, staying active by immersing herself in nature, and singing.

Megan Haghnegahdar

Megan plans on graduating in the spring of 2015 with a BA in Chemistry and Psychology. She currently is an active member of Chi Omega Fraternity - Lambda Zeta Chapter at UMKC, a member of the UMKC Honors Program, and works as an Emergency Room Scribe. She also enjoys mentoring elementary students at the Urban Scholastic Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Megan hopes to go on to attend medical school after completing her undergraduate studies.

Janice Henry

Janice is a doctoral student in the Clinical psychology program. She completed undergraduate work in Hotel and Restaurant Administration at Missouri State University and Psychology and Sociology at UMKC. She is interested in the development of ability to delay gratification and its impact on pediatric obesity and health related quality of life. Janice enjoys being outside, working in the garden, and exploring the culinary and cultural landscape of Kansas City.

Audrey Wadood

Audrey graduated from UMKC in 2013 with a BA in Chemistry and Psychology. She now plans to attend medical school.

Lucy McIntyre

Lucy McIntyre attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned a BA in Psychology. After graduation, Lucy took a full-time sales/merchandising position for Pepsi Bottling Co. It only took one year before Lucy decided that she wanted to go back to school. Lucy is currently pursuing post BA studies at UMKC before applying to graduate schools in either Psychology or Neuroscience. Lucy enjoys being outside, playing and watching sports, and spending time with her family.